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The Master of Arts degree in Liberal Studies (MALS) is a multi-disciplinary program designed especially for non-traditional adult learners. MALS offers a challenging approach to graduate education in small, effective learning communities.

MALS students begin their studies in core courses that include stimulating and rigorous interdisciplinary studies. Students hone strong analytical, research and communication skills as they engage in explorations of the self, reality, and western and non-western cultures. Students select the remainder of their courses from almost anywhere in the university.

Many students enter MALS purely for personal, intellectual enrichment, while others seek a deepening of professional and leadership potential. Students seeking totally self-constructed programming more geared toward professional development should explore our sister program, Master of Arts/Sciences in Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS).